It’s safe to say the Chicago Cubs are not going throught their best stretch of the season.
They have lost two straight games, seven of their last 10, and 10 of their last 13.
No team will make the playoffs with that kind of performance unless it has a large cushion, and the Cubs just don’t have it anymore.
In fact, they find themselves tied with the Miami Marlins for the third and final Wild Card spot with a 79-74 record.
The Cincinnati Reds are just half a game behind, and the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego are also relatively close.
In other words, there is no room for error at this point: if the Cubs keep dropping games, they will take themselves out of postseason consideration.
Manager David Ross knows there is a problem and is desperate to fix it.
“More David Ross: ‘There’s sh— all over the place that we can point to. Its time to put up wins. No excuses,'” insider Jesse Rogers tweeted, with Ross’ quotes.
More David Ross: “There’s sh—all over the place that we can point to. Its time to put up wins. No excuses.”
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) September 22, 2023
Ross recognizes that the time for excuses already passed: right now, it’s play well or go home.
It’s as simple as that.
Of course, it’s easy to say it.
Chicago has lots of talented players on their roster: they are just going through a rough patch.
They should all wake up and step up, because it would be a bit unfair to throw a season out the window just because of a bad stretch.
It happens, though.
The good thing for the Cubs is that they still control their own destiny.NEXT: Cubs Manager Roasts Pirates After Series Loss